Music News: G.R.L. in the studio with Dr. Luke & Ester Dean!

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Nobody loves to hype artists on Twitter more than Dr. Luke, and it’s a good thing, too!  I love finding out about who the good Doctor is working with!  Who could forget the day when Luke so legendarily tweeted Rihanna, “damn… you sound so good!!!!,” before anybody had any idea they were working together, setting the Internet ablaze with speculation and wonder all with a mere 29 characters??

Luke’s latest tweets about Robin Antin’s girl group G.R.L. aren’t quite as life-changing, but they’re certainly informative!  Apparently, Luke’s been recording with G.R.L. since yesterday, and today, they finished up a track written by none other than Ester Dean!  You may know Ester Dean from the movie, “Pitch Perfect” (she was the butt of all those tasteless lesbian jokes), but you PROBABLY know Ester Dean from her impressive list of pop super hits, like: Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It.”

Ester’s worked with Robin Antin’s groups in the past, so her involvement with this project isn’t exactly unexpected, but it certainly is exciting!  As I previously reported, G.R.L. has also spent time in the studio with Max Martin and Cirkut, so this is shaping up to be quite a debut!  Now if only they’d release some music…

New Music: G.R.L. – “Vacation”

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The Pussycat Dolls are finally back!  Well, sort of.  Pussycat Doll founder (and all-around monster-face) Robin Antin has put together another girl group called…G.R.L.!  G.R.L. is made up of Lauren Bennett (of “Party Rock Anthem” fame), Simone Battle, Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, and Emmalyn Estrada.  They were going to be the new Pussycat Dolls, but then I guess there were rumors of a possible reunion of the original Pussycat Dolls, so they changed their name to G.R.L.  Or something like that.  The point is, they’ve released a new song called “Vacation” for The Smurfs 2 soundtrack and it’s definitely worth your time.

Created by pop masterminds Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, and Bonnie McKee, “Vacation” is a delightful slice of upbeat dance pop that’s just perfect for a kids movie.  The only problem I have with the track is its lack of a bridge.  It feels kind of lazy to let some laughter and a refrain of the pre-chorus serve as your middle-eight, especially for people as experienced as Max Martin and Dr. Luke, but I guess it IS just for The Smurfs 2 movie…

“Vacation” comes as a free B-side to Britney Spears’s new Smurfs 2 soundtrack single “Ooh La La” on iTunes.  I don’t know, I might have to check for these girls if they keep releasing cute little songs like this!  Although I imagine their first official single will be a little more sexually-charged in the grand tradition of Pussycat Doll classics like “Buttons.”  But to be honest, I’d rather they model themselves after one of Robin Antin’s other failed girl groups, The Paradiso Girls.  Take a listen to “Patron Tequila” if you don’t believe me.  Timeless.